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Foundries, Forges & Die-casting News

Scrap-metal exports threaten South African foundry industry

By: Zonika Botha     19th April 2002 The South African foundry industry has experienced numerous upheavals in the past decade, and, while the revival of the local automotive industry has brought some stability, the export of scrap metal is now preventing further growth, president of the South African Institute of Foundrymen (SAIF)... 

Rapid growth for new company

By: Zonika Botha     19th April 2002 Since its establishment some 18 months ago to provide high-quality castings to the pump industry, Matt Cast Suppliers, of Johannesburg, has grown rapidly from a production output of two tons to 25 t a month, director Allan Bruggeman reports. 

Roller bearings for new kiln

19th April 2002 Bearing Man has played a critical role in the recent commissioning of a new kiln unit at Vanchem, the vanadium division of local steel producer, Highveld Steel. 

Forging firm to increase exports

By: Zonika Botha     19th April 2002 Forging and ring-rolling specialist Frankwen Forge is looking to expand its export market significantly within the next two years, sales manager Brian Lee reports. 

Motor industry to fuel growth of SA foundries

By: Zonika Botha     19th April 2002 First established in South Africa in 1948 for export purposes, the British Metal Corporation (BMC) today predominantly imports noble ferro alloys and minor metals, which are not produced here, for use by the local foundry and steel industries, MD Nick Trollip reports. 

SA-German partnership in the pipeline

By: Zonika Botha     19th April 2002 Local company Elfu Engineering has been approached by a leading German group to manufacture arc furnace parts on its behalf, director G 

Foundry group snags SA export awards

By: Zonika Botha     19th April 2002 Last year, the NiMag group of companies became the first foundry division in South Africa ever to achieve the honour of winning the President’s Export award in the metals and machinery category. 

Induction heating for efficient forging

By: Zonika Botha     19th April 2002 Local firm LH Power Electronics, of Gauteng, specialises in the design, manufacture and service of medium-frequency induction heaters and high-power rectifiers for mining and industrial applications. 

Fifty years of success for SA agent

By: Zonika Botha     19th April 2002 Local machine-tool specialists Edwin Roth & Rotmac is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year, MD Edwin Roth reports. 

Foundry to cast net over the export market

19th April 2002 Recognised as one of the most technically competent and experienced foundry operation in Africa, Rely Precision Castings has successfully completed two export orders, one for UK-based pump manufacturer Hick Hargreaves, and the other for Hellas Motor Oil, in Greece. 

SA firm breaks mould with new casting technology

19th April 2002 Steloy Castings has used innovative casting technology to produce castings for Transwerk, Steloy Castings CEO Danie Slabbert reports. 

Cape foundry awarded Meehanite licence

19th April 2002 Following a recent million-rand upgrade and expansion programme, the foundry at the John Thompson Africa (JTA) boiler manufacturing plant at Belville South, in Cape Town, has been licensed to produce all its castings under the Meehanite process. 

Economy with induction furnaces

19th April 2002 The benefits of induction have been enjoyed by many industries. 

Africa's second-largest transformer repaired

19th April 2002 Local company LH Marthinusen, of Johannesburg, has repaired a furnace transformer at Columbus Steel, saving the customer 75% of the estimated multi million rand replacement cost. 

Furnace repair carried out

19th April 2002 RBF Industrial Technology, a division of Set Point Industrial Technology, has been awarded a contract by Samancor Chrome’s business unit Ferroveld, for the repair of a furnace, design engineer Harry van Greuning reports. 

SA firm enables safe and accurate handling of molten materials

19th April 2002 Bateman single-strand pig casting machines have been used to successfully produce ingots of aluminium, copper, bronze, zinc, lead, ferro-aluminium, cobalt, iron, mild and alloys steels. 

A new identity for UK casting company

19th April 2002 The well-known Casting Development Centre, in Sheffield, UK, has a brand new corporate identity and now trades under the name Castings Technology International (CTI). 

Foundry with rare flair wins world recognition

By: Martin Creamer     19th April 2002 Thos Begbie is a company with rare expertise. The historic South African foundry, which turns 115 years old this year, is one of only two in the world – the other being in the US – that has the ability to produce high-tonnage copper castings, while still retaining optimum levels of... 

R17m paid out to SMME paper recyclers

By: nkolola halwindi     15th March 2002 Last year, largest paper recycling company in South Africa, Anglo-owned Mondi Recycling, paid out more than R17-million to small businesses and hawkers in its programme of recycling 300 000 t/y, reports sales and marketing manager Peter Hunter. 

Financier pumps R850m into wood and paper

By: nkolola halwindi     15th March 2002 Industrial finance institution Industrial Development Corporation's (IDC’s) wood and paper strategic business unit (SBU) has invested a total of R848-million in the wood, paper other related industries during its 2001 financial year, reports wood and paper SBU head Dean Webster. 

One voice for SA timber growers

By: nkolola halwindi     15th March 2002 An association to represent and serve the interests of South African timber growers which will enhance long-term sustainability and profitability of forestry activities, has been formed. 

Sale of all non-core assets to be wrapped up by mid-year

By: nkolola halwindi     15th March 2002 State-owned forestry company, the South African Forestry Company Limited (Safcol) has begun the sale of its non-core assets and has called on the private sector to submit bids for these properties. 

Mossel Bay firm wins R14-m timber trailer contract

15th March 2002 Mossel Bay-based engineering and transportation solution company John Daniel Containers (JDC) has been awarded a R14-million contract for the supply of 35 trailers and the fitment of truck bodies, which will be used in the transportation of timber. 

Restructuring to revive rural communities

15th March 2002 The restructuring of South Africa’s commercial forest plantations is being undertaken in a way which will ensure their continued contribution to rural economic development and poverty reduction in rural communities, said Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry Ronnie Kasrils at a... 

South African forest products inch down on the value chain

By: nkolola halwindi     15th March 2002 The South African forest products industry is steadily moving away from its tradition of exporting of rough sawn timber and is beginning to edge down the value chain towards a situation where more and more local beneficiation is taking place. 

Technology is key to forestry's success

15th March 2002 South Africa has about 1,5-million hectares of plantations, which produce more than 16-million tons of timber a year. 

Landmark electricity-supply deal

By: nkolola halwindi     15th March 2002 An energy supply agreement will be signed this month between Anglo-owned paper manufacturing company Mondi and a consortium, Biotrace Trading, a grouping of the Gensec-owned Fieldstone Incorporated and Babcock Africa Contracting, a subsidiary of Babcock. 

Harnessing safety

15th March 2002 Distributors of the tractel range of safety-equipment in Southern Africa Bellambie Mining and Industrial, has a range of fall-arrest equipment, including safety harnesses and working belts, suitable for use in the paper, pulp and timber industry. 

Forest engineering centre of excellence

15th March 2002 Forest Engineering, a section of the Forest Science Department of the University of Stellenbosch and the Forestry Department of Port Elizabeth Technikons' George Campus, have formalised a strategic partnership which they call the Centre of Forest Operations Management. 

Seeing the wood for the trees

15th March 2002 According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation’s most recent State of the World's Forests report , there are an estimated 3 870-million hectares of forest worldwide, of which almost 95% are natural forests and 5% are forest plantations. 

West Cape forests on State's chopping block

8th March 2002 The States ongoing withdrawal from, and privatisation of, the plantation forestry sector is set to make significant strides forward this year with the sale of 75% of the South African Forestry Company’s (Safcol) Southern and Western Cape forestry packages. 

Growing demand leads to a doubling of foundry output

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     30th November 2001 East Rand steel abrasives maker Thor Foundry, which started production in April last year, reports that demand has grown so phenomenally that it has had to more than double its monthly production to around 2 200 t. 

Forest restructuring: seeing the wood for the trees

By: Irma Venter     23rd November 2001 While the privatisation process of South Africa’s State-owned assets, such as Telkom and Transnet remain plagued by delays, the wheels are at least starting to roll for the sale of the country’s commercial forests. 

Forest restructuring: seeing the wood for the trees

23rd November 2001 While the privatisation process of South Africa's State-owned assets, such as Telkom and Transnet, remain plagued by delays, the wheels are at least starting to roll for the sale of the country's commercial forests. 

Defence procurement deal spurs multibillion-rand forestry venture

21st November 2001 In one of South Africa’s largest National Industrial Participation (Nip) initiatives linked to South Africa’s strategic defence procurement programme, BAE Systems-Saab has teamed up with US-based Global Environment Fund and Mondi in a venture set to generate more than R5-billion in... 

Calls for consolidation to help sector grow

12th October 2001 Despite experiencing positive market conditions over the last 18 months, the R1,1-billion South African pump market has not experienced growth in real terms for several years now. 

Pump production bodes well for economy

12th October 2001 If the pump manufacturing industry is an accurate barometer of the state of the economy, then Steloy Stainless Castings believes there is reason for optimism. 

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